Thunder Bay Online Farmers Market
Superior Seasons Food Market connects sustainable producers of good food and artisan products to households, restaurants, and institutions in the Thunder Bay area who value the quality of farm-fresh produce and the importance of supporting our Northern economy. It is managed by Belluz Farms on a cost recovery basis for all the vendors which results in the producer getting up to 95% of the price you pay! Try our Thunder Bay food box for an assortment of local vegetables and food products. We offer a full product guarantee so try us out risk free.
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Article of the Week:
Honeybees Don't Just Make Honey!
A Third of the Food We Eat is Pollinated by Bees
Honeybees have quickly risen to the top of the popularity charts among pollinators over the past few years. Their newfound popularity, however, has been built around a sad tale. The fairytale of the bee and the flower flutters away with the horror stories of colony collapse and Varroa destructor mites, but in my opinion, the realities are a necessary reminder rather than something to shy away from.
Many local beekeepers have had a tough few years with the introduction of a parasitic mite into the town. The Varroa destructor mite is comparable to a tick on humans, or a flea on dogs, except without a real solution for control. The mites attach to their honeybee hosts and feed on their hemolymph (bee blood). As a brand new beekeeper, I’m trying out some techniques I picked up from the Honeybee Research Centre in Guelph, where I’m completing my schooling in plant sciences. Peppermint oil and grapefruit rinds are two somewhat successful deterrents of mites – so as you can imagine my room savours strongly of grapefruit from the pounds I’ve hung up to dry.
So, at this point some might ask… what’s the point? Or, why bother? And to that my answer is simple: one third of the foods we eat are pollinated by bees. The fruits of plants often stem from the flowers, and begin to grow only once pollinated. A flower’s petals are coloured brightly specifically to attract pollinators; a reproductive strategy that’s evolved to spread male seeds to the ovaries of flowers.
Another reason to support the bees is to take responsibility for our own actions. Bee populations have severely declined over the past few years with more and more occurrences of insecticide uses in farmers’ fields. The goal of an insecticide is to kill insects. A bee, as an insect, is no exception. As I see it, if I can help a colony through its stages of youth, mite attacks, and a harsh winter, then I have helped reverse some of the wrong and supported our farmers and plants at the same time.
Perhaps truly at the heart of my reasoning for beekeeping is my amazement and fascination with them. A hive is a community in the highest sense of the term; every bee has a role, and it is such a pure form of science. An enzyme and time is all it takes for the bees to create honey – which is really just regurgitated nectar (honey’s got a bit more of a ring to it…). I could talk forever about bees but maybe we’ll save bee dynamics for another week. I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick introduction. For more information about starting your own backyard beekeeping you can contact Barry Tabor at Bears' Bees and Honey.